BBC charity sacked six staff over s*xual misconduct:
A BBC charity claims it has sacked six individuals for s*xual harassment or for watching porn on work computers.
BBC Media Action stated the incidents occurred overseas in the past ten years and those sacked were foreign nationals.
The international development charity has received £70m within the previous five years from the UK’s Department for International Development (DfID).
The government agency said it had no record of their sexual misconduct.
It comes as international charities face closer scrutiny after claims of s*xual misconduct by Oxfam personnel in Haiti.
DfID has asked all UK charities working overseas to provide assurances about their protecting and disciplinary policies and procedures.
BBC Media Action said it had reacted, providing those assurances.”We have reviewed all cases in the last 10 years involving or potentially involving s*xual misconduct. Six such cases have been identified over this period, all of which were investigated,” a statement said.
“In two of these, no grounds were found to take any disciplinary action.
“In the remaining four, formal disciplinary action was taken. None involved beneficiaries and we are not aware of any child protection issues. A total of six people were dismissed for sexual harassment or for watching pornography on work computers.”
The charity said it would continue to examine policies and processes around safeguarding and whistleblowing “and take action to strengthen them further wherever necessary”.
It added: “We want to foster a culture where everyone working at BBC Media Action can recognise abuse, knows what they can do to help prevent it, and where anyone with an allegation is heard.”
BBC Media Action is an independent charity that is not funded by the BBC licence fee. It trains journalists and produces programmes in countries across the world.
A DfID spokesman said: “DfID does not have a record of any s*xual misconduct allegations relating to BBC Media Action on our Counter Fraud and Whistleblowing system.”